Topeka: Team Harley-Davidson preview

Texas Harley-Davidson Chevy S-10 Pro Stock Truck Don Smith Owner / Driver The Texas Harley-Davidson Senior Tour Rolls into Topeka TOPEKA, Kan. (Pre-Race) - Don Smith, driver of the Texas Harley-Davidson Chevy S-10, is proud of the fact that he...

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The Texas Harley-Davidson Senior Tour Rolls into Topeka

TOPEKA, Kan. (Pre-Race) - Don Smith, driver of the Texas Harley-Davidson Chevy S-10, is proud of the fact that he is the oldest Pro Stock Truck driver on the NHRA tour. Smith will also point out that his Crew Chief Sonny Ray is older than he is. Because of their status as elder statemen of the class, they have dubed this season: Senior Tour 2001.

This weekend the Senior Tour rolls into Topeka, Kan for the running of the 13th Annual Advance Auto Parts NHRA Nationals, where Smith and Texas Harley-Davidson team plan to show the rest of the 'kids' in the field just what these old men are made of.

"We might be old dogs," said Smith of Keller, Texas, "but there is plenty of fight left in these old dogs.

So far this season Smith has qualified for every race, but has had limited success on raceday. Smith attributes his qualifying success to Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins horsepower, and conceeds that his raceday problems stem from lack of seat time.

"I may be the oldest, but I want to be known as the fastest, and that is possible right now.

"In Atlanta we took delivery of a new Jenkins motor that we call Jake. We named our motor after Jake who is the shop foreman up at Jenkins shop. We received this motor on his birthday. We thought that getting the motor on his birthday was a good sign, but after the first couple runs we made on it, we knew it was a good sign. This motor makes more power than anything we have had before.

"We where shocked at the amount of horsepower the new motor has, and so where a lot of other people. After the last qualifying session we had all the tech guys crawling all over this new motor, but that didn't bother us a bit. It was kind of a compliment; that we were going so fastthat they thought something funny was going on. It looks like these kids are starting to take notice of what these old men are doing, and is just what we want.

"Our expectations are higher than normal coming into this race in Topeka. Sonny Ray has a good combination in this truck. Right now we have our qualifying set-up down, but racing on Sunday is a new deal. Each time we pull up to the line on Sunday we get a little better.

"Our goal for this weekend is to earn one of the white Holley Number 1 qualifier hats. We have the horsepower to qualify Number1, and I think we can do it. Then on raceday we will take these kids on one at a time.

"These old men have a lot of racing experience behind us. Maybe that experience will take the Senior Tour all the way to the winner's circle in Topeka."

Pro Stock Truck qualifying at the 13th Annual Advance Auto Parts NHRA Nationals in Topeka, Kan. will begin on Friday May 25 and continue on Saturday May 26. Elimintions will take place on Sunday May 27 at 11:00 AM CST.

-THD-

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